Australian driver Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing) will start from fifth on the grid in tonight’s opening race of the Grand Prix de Pau, the seventh round of the European Formula 3 Championship.
The famous race is held around the narrow streets of the historic French town always provides close and incident packed racing.
Mawson will start behind pole sitter Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 1m09.514s), Lando Norris (Carlin, 1m09.724s), Joel Eriksson (Motopark, 1m09.882s) and last year’s runner-up Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 1m09:753s).
Eriksson currently leads the series by only one point from Norris with Ilott in third place. Mawson is back in eleventh position after starting the series well he failed to score any points in the last three races.
He is faring slightly better in the battle for top rookie honours currently lying fourth behind Norris, Mick Schumacher and Indian driver Jehan Daruvala.
The race at Pau is one of the season’s highlights with a rich history going back to the first race in 1933 won by Frenchman Marcel Lehoux in a Bugatti.
Other notable winners include Juan Manuel Fangio (1949-50) in a Maserati, Alberto Ascari (1952-53) Ferrari, four time winner Jim Clark (1961, 63, 64, 65) Lotus, Jackie Stewart (1968) Matra-Ford, Lewis Hamilton (2005) Dallara and the events only Australian winner Jack Brabham (1960, 66) Cooper-Climax/Brabham-Honda.
Live streaming from Pau kicks off Saturday evening Australian Eastern Time with race one at 7:00PM.
You can watch all the action live right here at In Pit Lane.